This week marks 80 years to the birth of the Maccabiah Jewish sports tournament, the third largest sport event in the world. Hundreds of worldwide Maccabi representatives have gathered here in Israel in order to celebrate and plan ahead for the next Maccabiah event in 2013. The event was held in Tel Aviv's port, and opened with a parade of Harley Davidson bikers carrying the flags of all of the previous Maccabiahs. 150 state representatives, youth groups, cheerleaders and musicians participated along with the mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy. The Maccabiah serves as the Jewish Olympics and takes place every four years, bringing thousands of Jewish athletes to Israel from around the world.
Sivan Raviv, JN1, Israel